The Supreme Court verdict on the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) announced on Monday led to angry responses on social media websites from post-graduate medical science aspirants. The students had participated in nationwide protests in April over the delay in the verdict.
However, MBBS and BDS undergraduate aspirants welcomed the decision as many of them were uncertain about their chances to qualify the first-ever NEET owing to the differences in syllabi and the short notice received prior to the preparation.
The announcement has been timely for those seeking admission to under graduate courses in MBBS and BDS stream. Around 68,000 students appeared for the NEET-UG examination conducted earlier this month and some students found it easier compared to EAMCET.
The order that came after five months was too late for nearly 12,000 students from the state who appeared for the NEET-PG and DNB-CET at the end of 2012. The results for NEET-PG scheduled to be announced on January 31, 2013 were withheld owing to the case pending in the apex court. The students would now have to start two months behind schedule after the process of counselling is over. “Most of my batch-mates have joined hospitals and some others are even looking at payment seats due to the delay,” says Dr. Abuzar Wahab, who took up an employment offer at a city-based hospital being left with no other alternative.
The state-level entrance for admissions to 1,200 post-graduate seats in government medical colleges in the state was conducted on March 17 by the NTR University of Health Sciences. The key for the exam will be displayed on the university website on Tuesday.
The Medical Council of India (MCI) guidelines also indicate that PG seats which remain unfilled by May 31 will be treated as void and no admissions can be done for the same.
“There is no clarity in the court’s order on the time frame or extension of deadline for the counselling and admissions to the PG courses. We hope that the court and MCI will give us an extension,” added Dr IV Reddy.